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Posted by jennifer j. rose on December 12, 1996

My sister in Morelia just finished getting her FM-3 in San Miguel de Allende this week, and she ís given me the latest report:

The telephone number for the migracion office in SM is (415)-2-2542 or (415)-2-28-35.

Open Mon-Fri 9-12:30

According to them, the requirements for FM-2 are:

No minimum age limit Minimum income is currently 8,800 pesos per month (this is figured from a calculation of 400 x 22 pesos per day (minimum wage in Mexico city)

The fee for the FM-2 application is currently 984 pesos.

You can apply pay the fee in San Miguel and they send all the paperwork to Mexico city for processing. It takes 2-3 months to get the FM-2 they said since it is processed in Mexico City. They said you can convert an FM-3 to FM-2 Rentista first and then if you operate a business in Mexico or work in Mexico you can apply for that type of FM-2 it is of course processed in Mexico City.

You need:

1) Original and copy of FM-3 2) Original and copy of US Passport 3) Carta de solvencia economica de aluguna institucion bancaria 4) Constancia de ingresos mensuales del consulado que corresponda-letter in Spanish verifying income from US consulate. 5) Original and copy of comprobanta receinte de domicilio 6) Solicitud por escrito en espanol, en maquina y firmada 7) 2 FM-1 forms leenos a maquina 8) Fotos: 4 de frente, 4 de perfil derecho (blanco y negro) 4 cm X 4cm sin lentes y sin artes con la frente y oidos descubiertos 9) Original and copy of birth certificate

I was in communication with the Mexican Consulate in Chicago earlier this month, and they reported to me that the FM-3 now required USD $2,000 minimum income and minimum age requirement of 55 years. Incredulous, I asked them for documentation, and they faxed me a copy of their “new requirements.” The San Miguel de Allende office confirmed that the Chicago office was providing misinformation.

 

Posted by Jodi Dinsmore on December 16, 1996

In Reply to: Immigration Update posted by jennifer j. rose on December 12, 1996

Whoa! Jennifer what¥s up with that monthly income? Is that the same requirement for those of us living and working here for under $4000 (pesos) per month? Bank account? I knew it was tricky getting the FM-2, but now it is sounding downright impossible! Will marrying a Mexican help? What ever happened the plans to open an immigration office here in Morelia? When I went to San Miguel in July to renew my FM-3 they said “any month now” they would open up an office here. Hope to see you soon!

 

Posted by jennifer j. rose on December 16, 1996

In Reply to: Re: Immigration Update posted by Jodi Dinsmore on December 16, 1996

The original post “Immigration Update” should have stressed that it applied only to the no-inmigrante rentista FM-3. This FM-3 status does not permit employment within Mexico and is intended for those who plan to live in Mexico permanently and be domiciled there and who are sustained by resources and unearned income brought from outside Mexico or earned from Mexican-based investments. This status is a one-year residency permit, renewable annually. The details provided in the original post are not intended to refer to the employer-sponsored working FM-3.

Whoa! Jennifer what¥s up with that monthly income? Is that the same requirement for those of us living and working here for under $4000 (pesos) per month? Bank account?

Jodi, you’re in a different ball game entirely, because you are employed by a Mexican entity. Your variant of the FM-3 is sponsored by your employer, enabling you to work only for that employer and only in the areas specified in the immigration document. This form of the FM-3 is a completely different beast than the one referred to in the “Immigration Update.” Don’t freak out on us, please!

I knew it was tricky getting the FM-2, but now it is sounding downright impossible! Will marrying a Mexican help?

Kinship with a Mexican citizen, whether by blood or by marriage, should positively influence securing a favored immigration status.

BTW, Jodi, when you get married next month in the U.S., remember to get several certified copies of your marriage certificate, with the apostille attached. You’ll need those documents later.

 

Posted by Kim Metzger on December 12, 1996

In Reply to: Immigration Update posted by jennifer j. rose on December 12, 1996

I too got very different information on the requirements for the FM-3 Rentista from two different Mexican Consulates in the States. The Atlanta office requires a monthly income of $1,500 and $500 per dependent. The New Orleans office uses tables based on the minimum daily salary of the location in Mexico where the person intends to live. In the case of Guanajuato the income requirement was only 6000 pesos per month plus 3000 pesos per dependent (in Aug 96).

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